Wenger gives Arsenal ‘five per cent’ chance

Date published: Wednesday 24th February 2016 9:15

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal have a ‘five per cent’ chance of progressing past Barcelona in the Champions League.

The Gunners slipped to a 2-0 defeat to the European and Spanish champions on Tuesday, with Lionel Messi scoring both goals.

Arsenal held their own against Luis Enrique’s side, registering just one fewer shot on target than the visitors, but Barcelona took their chances, while the hosts failed to do so.

Wenger must now lead his players to the Nou Camp in three weeks in search of victory by at least two goals, a feat which no side has accomplished since Celta Vigo beat them 4-1 at home in September.

The Frenchman insists Arsenal do not have “no chance”, but that Barcelona are “95 per cent through”.

“Realistically it is very, very difficult, if not impossible,” Wenger told BT Sport. “We have to go there and fight. We had the chances, we didn’t score.

“The way we finished our chances is a problem. I felt in the final third we missed something.

“Barcelona are through 95 per cent but we want to go there and play. We will not go there and have absolutely no chance.

“We knew we could not afford to give them counter attacks and that is exactly what we did.

“It is too easy to blame, you have to respect the effort. They always can kill you when you think you are on top.

“In their transition they never make a bad pass. They are better than us, there is no shame, they are European champions and that is no coincidence.”

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